The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems is looking for exceptional candidates to continue to develop their northern agriculture and food systems research in the Northwest Territories (NWT) as part of their graduate studies program.

The students will support on-going community-based research as part of a multi-stakeholder initiative examining needs and barriers to developing northern agriculture opportunities in the NWT. Research will involve working closely with communities to develop small scale agriculture as well as support ongoing territorial policy and decision making around land use planning. Candidates will join a strong multidisciplinary team of natural and social scientists, community partners and territorial and Indigenous government representatives to help plan for the future of agriculture development in the NWT. Currently, there are openings for three Master’s students and one PhD student.

Required Qualifications: For the Master’s program, a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Geography, or a related discipline is needed. However, accommodations may be made for exceptional candidates who do not fulfill the educational requirements for the Master’s program.
For the PhD program, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, Geography or a related discipline is required.

Strong interest in sustainability, agricultural and food systems is required. Knowledge of Participatory Action Research methodology, digital storytelling and GIS mapping tools are assets. Experience working in Canada’s North and/or in agricultural production is also an asset. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are also strongly desired.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a full CV, unofficial transcript(s), and the names of two references via email to Dr. Andrew Spring (aspring@wlu.ca). Informal inquiries are welcome.